I’d often heard of Scotland street School when I lived in Glasgow, but never visited it. When I took my Spanish wife on holiday in Glasgow last Easter we put the school on our top ten must-see list. We set off on a blustery Wednesday morning, getting off the bus at Harry Ramsden’s chip shop, thanks to my lousy sense of direction. We should have taken the subway to Shields Road for two reasons. The first, because it’s quicker and is opposite the school; the second, because everybody we asked had no idea where it was. It’s a bit off the beaten track.We got there in the end.
The school was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and was built between 1903 and 1906. The museum states that it is one of Glasgow’s foremost architectural attractions. A pity nobody can locate it! During the building’s construction, Mackintosh battled the school board about the design as the board wanted a less expensive design. The total cost for the building was £34,291, which was over budget. The building features a pair of windowed Scottish baronial style tower staircases. The school was originally designed for an enrolment of 1,250. However, by the 1970s the enrolment fell to under 100 and closed in 1979. Mackintosh based the design of the school on Rowallan Castle and Falkland Palace.